This year started out promising for the Detroit Lions as they began the season 6-3. At that moment, the Lions sat atop the NFC North and looked like favorites to win the division with both Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler banged up about two thirds of the way into the schedule. In a tough series of events for Lions fans, their team lost five of six and were eventually eliminated from playoff contention.
Now, the bad news begins. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the entire Detroit front office and coaching staff is on the chopping block.
On #Lions: Coaches think & fear they are out. Possible front office may be, too. By the end, the two sides were barely talking. Big issues.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2013
For the Lions, this would be the best decision Bill Ford Jr. could make after their sudden collapse. Over the course of the last few seasons, Jim Schwartz, specifically, has shown no remorse for his team’s unacceptable behavior on the field — especially when it comes to the defense.
Players like Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Willie Young just haven’t seemed to learn their lesson. Too many personal fouls, too much contact after plays (some not flagged) and simply the wrong attitude when playing the game. It’s been a growing concern for opponents, as plenty of players have even called out players like Suh in effort to get the league to crack down even further on his dirty style of play.
The Lions have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. I firmly believe that under the right coach, they will be a playoff team as-is. The defensive line has the potential to be the best in the game, thus making the rest of their defense better as a whole. The offense, meanwhile, is always up to the task of scoring 30-plus points. If nobody kept their job at the end of the year, it just might do this team good.